Publications

Asylum Aid contributes to Beijing+20

Asylum Aid has contributed to a review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.  This international declaration for women’s equality and empowerment was adopted by the UN in 1995.  The review of progress made in the implementation of the declaration (Beijing+20) took place at the Commission on the Status of Women  at United Nations…

New Home Office Guidance on LGB asylum claims

The Home Office has revised its Asylum Policy Instruction on sexual identity issues within the asylum claim, following a critical report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The Chief Inspector’s report found that asylum interviews for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) asylum claimants contained stereotyping and inappropriate questions likely to elicit a…

Channel 4 undercover in Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood immigration Removal Centre was the focus of an under-cover investigation which Channel 4 News aired on 2nd March 2015. The detainees at Yarl’s Wood are asylum seekers who have exhausted their appeals, those in the Detained Fast Track and women with other immigration issues. The investigation revealed:   Numerous incidents of self-harm Questions over…

Removing gender discrimination from nationality laws

Statelessness campaigners and women’s rights activists have achieved revisions of discriminatory nationality laws in Algeria, Morocco and Senegal, taking these countries an important step forward on the path to eliminating statelessness. In particular, the Arab Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign has carried out “exemplary” advocacy, paving the way for pioneering reforms in nationality laws in…

Petition urges UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention

Asylum Aid has lent its support to IC Change’s campaign calling for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women and Girls. The strength of the Convention lies in the fact that it clearly recognises the rights of women escaping gender-based violence and seeking protection in another country. We particularly support the Convention’s acknowledgement…

Dire conditions for displaced women and girls in Afghanistan

A report by the Norwegian Refugee Council on displaced Afghan women and girls has shown that those uprooted by the ongoing violence in Afghanistan are extremely vulnerable to abuse and forced confinement in refugee camps. According to the report, women and girls are being “held like animals” by male family members in the camps surrounding…

Women and Girls Safe Spaces

The creation of women and girls’ safe spaces (WGSS) has emerged as a key strategy for empowering vulnerable women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to a report by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Along with its partners in Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon, UNFPA has produced the guidance…

Closing the Protection Gap

The Protection Gap campaign, run under the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum, draws its demands from the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  If provisions are appropriate for women affected by rape during civil war in countries such as the DRC or Somalia, the campaign argues, they…

Women’s Asylum News 130

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News we have an update on the Protection Gap campaign, new Home Office guidance on LGB asylum claims, a petition for the UK to ratify the Istanbul Convention, an update on Yarl’s Wood detention centre controversies, and much more. Click on the image below to read!